Hump Day [Free Selections]

by Ed Meyer

posted on February 16, 2010 in Free Picks and Tips | 3 Comments >>

Wednesday is a good day to get some action….  It is only a few more days until we hit the scene with stakes for New York, Kentucky, Florida, and Gulfstream Park. But, until then, let us build a bankroll and concentrate on the day…

Aqueduct – Race #1 – #2 – Linda’s Kisses (4-1).

Anna Napravnik has the call for Billy Badgett. They are ITM together at a nice rate of 24%. This runner is 2/4 ITM in New York, and is making a second run off a layoff for Badgett, who wins 24% on this move. He is dropping big time, and the blinkers come off. 2nd time off of a layoff and the barn hits 33% ITM with this change-up. Rosie wins 43% lately for Badgett, and is 1/1 at the 1- 70 distance. I like the look and the short term success may mean things are on the change.

2nd Race – #4 – Calvello – (5-2).

Channing Hill is the rider, and John Hertler is the conditioner. 2/3 ITM at Aqueduct, and makes a huge drop in class. This yields a 20% ITM for the Hertler barn, and possibly looks to keep going on this move. His runner is going from a sprint to a route, and Hertler wins at 29% ITM with maiden claimers.

Race #5 – #4 – Wicked Diva (9-5).

Ramon Dominguez is between the ears for trainer Mike Hushion. Dominguez and Hushion team up for a red-hot 60% win rate, and 80% ITM as a team. Today he gets first blinkers, and that usually lends for a bit more focus. Hushion wins at 19% on this equipment move, and is dropping into state-bred company. There was a late gain last out, and he is on the mark to show much better facing his own state brothers. This 4-year-old gal is primed to show her best, and this race gives her the edge. I have to like 9-5, even though you won’t get rich off the win end. But this does lead me to dig into the tier levels for other prices.

Good luck!